Arrivals in UK could be asked to stay in quarantine hotels, Raab says
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:57:48 GMT
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Foreign secretary says all options being considered including measure inspired by New Zealandas adirected isolationa policy

People arriving in the UK could be asked to stay in quarantine hotels under plans being considered by ministers to try to deal with the spread of the pandemic, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab has said.

Raab said the government had aconsidered all of the possibilitiesa when asked about reports in the Sunday Times that ministers have ordered plans to be drawn up for the creation of quarantine hotels for those arriving in Britain.

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Alexei Navalny to fly into Moscow in challenge to Putin
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:32:21 GMT
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Opposition figure likely to be taken into custody when he lands following recovery from poisoning

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is expected to return to Moscow on Sunday evening nearly five months after a suspected poisoning by Russiaas FSB spy agency left him fighting for his life.

Navalnyas return is a direct challenge to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, which has sought to keep the opposition leader in exile by indirectly threatening him with prosecution and jail time if he comes back.

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Revealed: Tory MPs and commentators who joined banned app Parler
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:30:10 GMT
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Nadine Dorries, James Cleverly and Michael Gove joined the platform favoured by Trump supporters

At least 14 Conservative MPs, including several ministers, cabinet minister Michael Gove and a number of prominent Tory commentators joined Parler, the social media platform favoured by the far right that was forced offline last week for hosting threats of violence and racist slurs.

Parler was taken offline after Amazon Web Services pulled the plug last Sunday, saying violent posts and racist threats connected to the recent attack on the US Capitol violated its terms.

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Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 03:24:32 GMT
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Implications for public record and legal proceedings after administration seized or destroyed papers, notes and other information

The public will not see Donald Trumpas White House records for years, but there is growing concern the collection will never be complete a leaving a hole in the history of one of Americaas most tumultuous presidencies.

Trump has been cavalier about the law requiring that records be preserved. He has a habit of ripping up documents before tossing them out, forcing White House workers to spend hours taping them back together.

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Shock Brexit charges are hurting us, say small British businesses
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:45:09 GMT
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Levies to cover the increase in red tape, VAT and customs declarations are hitting trade to the European Union

Government ministers describe the post-Brexit headaches that British exporters have suffered since 1 January as mere ateething problemsa. But Alex Paul, who jointly runs a successful family business that features in the Department for International Tradeas list of national aexport championsa, disagrees. And he wants the real story to be told.

Two weeks into the supposed golden era of global Britain, Paul and many other British entrepreneurs, large and small, are running into very serious problems.

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Poison squad stalked Alexei Navalny on 40 flights, says Bellingcat investigator
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:15:09 GMT
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As Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow, flight records show how Kremlin agents have been following him for years

Less than five months after an apparent novichok poisoning put him in a coma, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was planning to fly into Moscow on Sunday, defying threats by Russian officials that he would be arrested and jailed immediately on arrival.

aRussia is my country, Moscow is my city. I miss it,a wrote Navalny in an Instagram post.

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Universal credit cut will hit ared walla seats hardest, Tories warned
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:00:02 GMT
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Benefits reduction plan set to have most impact on poorest English towns, says thinktank

A plan to slash universal credit will have the biggest impact in the poorest towns in England, the government has been warned, after it emerged that claims for the payment have increased far more in the most deprived areas during the Covid pandemic.

The research by Bright Blue, a liberal Conservative thinktank, will heap further pressure on Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, to extend a APS20-a-week increase in universal credit introduced last March. It is set to be withdrawn in April and many Tory MPs are privately worried that the cut will undermine Boris Johnsonas pledge to alevel upa the country, and are pushing for the increase to be made permanent.

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Robert Jenrick: statues must be protected from 'baying mob'
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:25:51 GMT
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Communities secretary plans legal changes to require local consultation before monuments are removed

Britain should not try to edit or censor its past, the communities secretary has said, amid proposed amendments to laws to protect statues, monuments and other memorials.

Robert Jenrick said any decision to remove heritage assets in England would require planning permission and a consultation with local communities, adding he wanted to see a aconsidered approacha.

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'Grave military implications': Iran making uranium metal alarms Europe
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 02:43:07 GMT
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Britain, France and Germany say Tehran has ano credible civilian usea for fuel that it previously pledged not to produce

European powers have voiced deep concern over Iranas plans to produce uranium metal, warning that Tehran has ano credible civilian usea for the element.

aThe production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications,a the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement on Saturday.

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Half of British Jews will not display public sign of Judaism
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:15:11 GMT
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Figure is highest since 2016, but end of Corbynas Labour leadership given as reason for renewed optimism

Almost half of British Jews avoid showing visible signs of their Judaism in public, such as a Star of David or a kippah (skullcap), because of antisemitism, a new survey has found.

Among the general public, a similar proportion agreed with one or more antisemitic statements put to them, pointing to a adeeply troubling normalisation of antisemitisma, the studyas authors said. The Campaign Against Antisemitism and Kingas College London gave 12 statements that participants in the survey were asked to agree or disagree with. More than half (55%) of people did not affirm a single statement, with 45% agreeing with one or more.

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Coronavirus live: every UK adult 'to be offered first vaccine by September'; Sydney struggles to quash cluster
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:53:02 GMT
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Dominic Raab says government aiming for early autumn target for first dose rollout; New South Wales records six new cases

The Canadian government has urged Pfizer-BioNTech to get the countryas Covid-19 vaccine delivery schedule back on track as quickly as possible as cases of the virus went past the 700,000 mark this weekend, the Globe and Mail report.

Canada reached that mark less than two weeks after recording 600,000 cases of the virus on 3 January. Seven provinces recorded 6,479 cases on Saturday, pushing Canadaas national tally over 702,000.

I understand and share the concerns of Canadians regarding the temporary delivery delay of Pfizer doses. Canada's shipment of Pfizer vaccines for the week of January 18 remains largely unaffected. (1/3)

There were no tests at arrivals on Saturday morning at Heathrow Airportas Terminal 2 a though that changes on Monday as stricter measures finally come into force.

Instead, little dribbles of bleary-eyed passengers from places as far afield as Mumbai, Frankfurt and Kigali slipped quietly through the somnambulant arrivals lounge and out into the soggy grey vista of England in January.

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Bleary eyes and chaste kisses at Heathrow as passengers beat air corridor deadline
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:00:03 GMT
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There were no tests at arrivals a but that changes on Monday as stricter measures finally come into force

The glamour of international travel long ago fell victim to baggage searches and belt-removals, retail-saturated terminals, low-cost airlines and long queues at passport control. The arrival of Covid-19, mask-wearing and the fiendish paradox of social distancing on cramped airliners has only added to the generally tedious business of getting from one country to another.

Now, from Monday, further restrictions will be applied, when all so-called air corridors with other countries will close. Ten months after the first lockdown began, people flying to this country will for the first time require proof of a negative coronavirus test before setting off. And everyone who comes here will now be obliged to self-isolate for 10 days. Itas a move that many observers, including the Labour front bench, believe is long overdue.

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Let us play: parents and charities plead for swings and slides to be kept open during lockdown
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:30:00 GMT
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Many playgrounds now face closure as Covid cases rise, but campaigners say their benefits to childrenas wellbeing are crucial

Play charities are calling for councils to keep playgrounds open during lockdown, as many are closed due to fears that they encourage people to acongregate and socialisea.

In a letter from Play England to all local authorities in England, several experts who work with children say that playgrounds should stay open ato reduce the catastrophic impact of Covid and lockdown on childrenas physical and mental health and wellbeinga.

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The free-market gamble: has Covid broken UK universities?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:00:10 GMT
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The pandemic has exposed the impact of 20 years of turning higher education into a marketplace and students into increasingly dissatisfied customers

In 2018-19 Manchester City FC had revenues of APS535.2m. Manchester United had APS627m. The University of Manchester made more than APS1bn a not far short, in other words, of the combined income of the cityas two global sporting brands. This is in many ways a cause for celebration, a sign of the economic power of higher education, of British success in attracting foreign students and the high fees that they pay, of the contribution that universities can make to the prosperity of their host cities.

But, for a billion-pound business, you might have expected better than their handling of the pandemic. Last summer, as students tried to decide whether to stay at home or go to the campus for the first term of the academic year, they were told they would receive ablended learninga, a combination of online and in-person teaching. They were offered the ahopea as one student says, athat everything would be as normal as possiblea. They didnat need much encouragement, especially all those first-years for whom arrival at university was the pinnacle and goal of their education to date, and they went.

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Forty years on from the New Cross fire, what has changed for black Britons?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:00:04 GMT
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In 1981, a blaze killed 13 black teenagers at a London house party in a suspected racist attack. What can be learned from the legacy of the outcry and activism that followed?

Although it happened before I was born, the New Cross fire in 1981 and the National Black Peopleas Day of Action that followed are landmarks in my identity; growing up in a Caribbean family in the 1980s, they are part of our collective memory. New Cross is fundamental because it contains all the features of racism that black people in Britain have long suffered: the racial violence, police abuse, neglect by the state; in turn, it tells us of the communityas resistance. Forty years on, recalling the events seems vital, especially in this moment of renewed optimism after the Black Lives Matter protests, because the legacies of New Cross still resonate.

On 18 January 1981, a fire tore through 439 New Cross Road in south-east London, where Yvonne Ruddock was celebrating her 16th birthday with about 60 guests. Wayne Hayes, who was 17 at the time, recalled the carnage in an interview for HuffPost last year. He described how dozens of teenagers and young people, trapped upstairs in the house after the stairs collapsed, resorted to jumping out of second-floor windows, how it was so hot apeopleas skin was peeling backa and how in the aftermath he had 140 skin grafts. He shattered 163 bones and has been classed as disabled ever since. Thirteen young people were killed, more than 50 injured and one guest a Anthony Berbeck a died two years later at the age of 20. Many believe he took his own life as a result of the trauma of that night.

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Why are increasing numbers of women choosing to be single?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:00:03 GMT
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The word aspinstera is still freighted with pity and misogyny, yet the number of women living this way is growing. Emma John says itas time to reconsider what it means to be anever-marrieda

I remember the moment my sister told me she was having a baby. I was spending the evening with a group of friends and, halfway through, Kate said she needed a word. We ducked into a bedroom, where she looked at me so solemnly that I ransacked my brain for anything I could possibly have done wrong in the past half-hour.

The seriousness of her announcement made me giggle out loud. I had a flashback to the pair of us as kids, when a secret meeting like this meant wead broken something in the house and were working out how to present the news to our parents. Plus, the thought of my little sister being a mum was innately funny. Not that Kate wasnat ready for the role a she was in her mid-30s and keen to get on with it. I just couldnat see myself as anyoneas aunt.

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Marcus Rashford: the making of a food superhero
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:12 GMT
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Coaches, charity workers a and the footballer himself a reveal what drives the man who twice tackled Boris Johnson on child hunger and won

Show me the child at seven and I will show you the man, the old wisdom says. But in football terms, you never know, not really, which kids are going to make it as players at that age and which are not. Still, looking back at his memories of Marcus Rashford, Dave Horrocks, his first football coach, does remember one thing about him very clearly.

Rashford had first come along to Horrocksas community club, Fletcher Moss Rangers, as a scrawny five-year-old. From the beginning, Horrocks recalls, he was the kid who left absolutely every atom of energy out on the pitch. Whenever the coach gave him a lift home from training, Rashford would get in the back of the car and a unlike other livewire boys a immediately fall into a deep sleep. When the car pulled up outside his house, Rashford would then jump out, refreshed, pick up a ball, and start practising some more on the patch of grass outside.

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Is the boom in communal living really the good life?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 12:00:04 GMT
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Driven by green concerns, house prices, the desire for a simpler existence a and now Covid, too a thereas been a boom in communal living

After 40 years, Dave Hodgson has a sixth sense when it comes to an aspiring communard. aIf they take one look at our shared bathrooms and say they need a good scrub, or complain about having to put a jumper on when Old Dragon packs in, they wonat make it,a Hodgson says, referring to his communeas biomass boiler.

Would-be members used to contact Bergholt Hall, one of Britainas longest standing farming communes, at the rate of 70 or so a year: 50-something empty nesters looking for companionship; 30-something couples in pursuit of an idyllic upbringing for their children; 20-somethings keen to erect a yurt on the hallas rolling Suffolk pasture. Since the Covid lockdowns, however, Hodgson admits, itas been abonkersa. aWe had 70 applications in April and May alone.a

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Joan Bakewell: aThe world is full of such interesting peoplea
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:12 GMT
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Joan Bakewell had been a broadcasting pioneer for more than half a century. And sheas still as forthright as ever. Here, she talks to Sophie Heawood about the empowerment of women, her newly streamlined life and why Boris has got it all wrong about the virus

Joan Bakewell writes in her memoir, The Centre of the Bed, about the moment she became an adult. It was 1949 and she was 17, a hard- working grammar schoolgirl from the industrial north, when her frustrated, depressive mother found a photograph of Joan kissing a boy and set fire to it in front of her eyes. Joan felt deep shame, but the shame began to transmogrify.

aSuddenly I was savagely and tremblingly angry,a she writes. aI was being forged in some bitter fire of my motheras will, and I must survive the moment and emerge as myself. That was the end of innocence, not the loss of virginity or any fumbling that fell short of it. It was when I crossed into adulthood, knew my own mind and was sure of who I was.a Soon afterwards she left for university, where she joyfully discovered the world of ideas, as well as the one of sex, even though, as a student of the Cambridge womenas college Newnham, such things were banned.

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How do food trends happen a and what will we be eating in 2021?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:01:03 GMT
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Food fanatics used to obsess over kimchi a and this year it might be teff or guanciale. Brand consultants, market analysts and chefs explain how a product gets to be cool

Every January, the British food media attempts to predict which ingredients and dishes will define the next 12 months. A new year means new food and magazine tip-lists of cool ingredients. It is traditional. This inexact science, a blend of research, intuition, wishful thinking and cribbed retailer data might, depending on your point of view, seem either harmless or ridiculous. But it has been lucrative for those selling craft gin, pulled pork, acai berries, gochujang, pastry stouts or any of 101 items that in the past decade have found themselves hailed as The Next Big Thing.

Such renewal is human nature, says Daniel Woolfson, food and drink editor at trade magazine The Grocer. aPeople are faddy. When Instagrammable stuff gets old, they instinctively look for the next thing.a But how? Where? Can the public create trends, in its likes and retweets? Or are we always manipulated by abig fooda?

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Phoebe Dynevor: 'Bridgerton's come at a moment when people need it'
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:00:01 GMT
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The actor on hitting her stride as the spirited star of the Regency romp. Still, she says, she canat let her grandparents see her steamiest scenesa|

It was the gift you never knew you needed, and might even have spurned if you had been offered it in advance: an eight-part Regency romance, set in a candy-coloured England where the wisteria forever blooms around the colonnades of pretty much every stately home youave ever seen on film.

But itas estimated that 63 million viewers around the world will have tuned into Bridgerton in its first four weeks on Netflix a and it is a success owing, in no little part, to the on-off love affair between a brooding duke and the pearl of the seasonas debutantes. In its on phases, this is so steamy and intimate that youad do well to have one of the seriesas many feathered fans to hand.

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Asa Butterfield: 'Sex Education reassures people theyare not weird or alone'
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:30:02 GMT
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The actor on filming the third series of the hit Netflix comedy, being taught cinema history by Scorsese a and the perils of toilet-training his cat

Asa Butterfield, 23, was born in London and started his acting career aged seven. He landed the lead roles in Holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at 10 and Martin Scorseseas Hugo at 13. Other film credits include Journeyas End, X+Y, Greed, Son of Rambow and Miss Peregrineas Home for Peculiar Children. He stars as teenager Otis Milburn in the hit Netflix comedy Sex Education and is currently filming its third season.

How is shooting going on Sex Education?
Itas something of a miracle being back on set. When we started, it was a bit like being let out of prison. It was the first time anyone had been in a big group of people for months and we were all overexcited. Weave slipped into the rhythm of the new normal now. To work is a blessing. I wonat take it for granted again.

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Sri Lanka v England: first Test, day four a live updates from Galle!
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 12:02:39 GMT
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13th over: England 29-3 (Bairstow 10, Lawrence 3) Target 74 Bairstow is actually a pretty useful man to have out there at the moment a good against spin, quick between the wickets, confident in his ability, a point to think heas proved. He takes two to cover, then a further single to retain the strike.

aI live in Italy and if I remember the last couple of seasons correctly, the overseas link is only available during UK based Test matches,a laments Richard Harman.

12th over: England 26-3 (Bairstow 7, Lawrence 3) Target 74 Bairstow gets down to reverse Perera and the turn takes the ball past bat, pad, shoulder, keeper, and pandemic, racing away for four byes! Headave took it! A single follows via sweep, and this is a huge over for England, er ... five from it. Forty-eight required.

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Gerwyn Price: 'I care what people think but I'm out there to do a job'
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:11 GMT
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The engaging new darts world champion belies his fist-pumping image as the pantomime villain of the oche: aThereas going to be a big target on my back but I canat wait to rise to the challengea

aIam still quite a shy person, even though you probably wouldnat think that,a Gerwyn Price says quietly while offering a little smile in acknowledgement of his public persona as the roaring, fist-pumping and swaggering new world champion of darts. Price still retains the physique of his previous occupation, which ended in 2014 when he switched sports from professional rugby to darts. The 35-year-old displayed much of the combative steeliness and aggression that coursed through him when he played hooker as he dominated the PDC world darts championship and crushed his old rival Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final this month.

Related: Gerwyn Price sweeps Gary Anderson aside to clinch first PDC world darts title

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American yacht takes flight and capsizes in Challenger Series race
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:22:48 GMT
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  • American Magicas boat Patriot capsizes in strong winds
  • Ben Ainslieas Ineos Team UK have four wins from four races

New York Yacht Clubas American Magic were denied their first points in the Challenger Series when aPatriota capsized in the second race after encountering a massive gust of wind while going into a sharp turn at Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. The series will determine who faces Team New Zealand (TNZ) in the Americaas Cup.

Related: Skipper Pip Hare on the toughest test in sailing: 'It's about coping with adversity a on your own'

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Aryna Sabalenka strives to underline her potential on the big stage
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:11 GMT
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The most in-form player in the world bids to improve on a woeful record in grand slam events at the Australian Open

Winning grand slam tournaments was not always the sole objective of being a professional tennis player. Chris Evert, the greatest womenas clay court player of all time, once skipped the French Open for three consecutive years during her peak to play in World Team Tennis. Many frequently demurred on travelling halfway around the world to compete in Australia after a long season. Others decided, simply, that grass is for cows. From the pursuit of money to helping to build up their tours by competing hard across the whole season, tennis players had different priorities and they all acted accordingly.

Sadly for Aryna Sabalenka, tennis has moved on. On Wednesday, she defeated Veronika Kudermetova to win the WTA 500 title in Abu Dhabi, the first notable tournament of the tennis season on either tour. Sabalenka may be the least known top 10 player, but she is the most in-form tennis player in the world.

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Australia frustrated as unheralded India duo put series decider on a knife edge
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:11:43 GMT
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  • Australia end day three in Brisbane with a 54-run lead on 21-0
  • Sundar, Thakur share in record stand as India earlier make 336

A 21-year-old debutant and a bowler in his second Test have helped India rock Australiaas bid to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Brisbane, where the hosts will resume on day four 21-0 with a 54-run lead.

Josh Hazlewood finished with a haul of 5-57, having led the way as Australia reduced India to 186-6 in the post-lunch session on day three of the series-deciding fourth Test. Australia had removed Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, while they had the security blanket of a second new ball to come in the shadows of tea.

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A brutal Covid legacy awaits our children. We need the will and ambition to tackle it | Frank Cottrell Boyce
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:15:01 GMT
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Only an event such as wartime evacuation can compare to lockdown. Plans for the young need to meet the challenge

During the war, my mum, like tens of thousands of other children, was evacuated. She left the terrace house she shared with 10 siblings and her parents and wound up in a beautiful convent perched on a headland near Conwy, north Wales, looking out to sea. It was heaven.

I sometimes take her back there and on each visit she recovers some new memory. Recently, she told me about the night her big sister woke her and took her to the window to show her a strange red glow on the horizon. aThat,a she said, ais Liverpool. Itas all on fire.a She went back to bed believing that her world and the people to whom she belonged had been utterly destroyed.

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The government must listen to the voices of food poverty
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:45:02 GMT
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Weave had endless reviews of policy. Now those who live each day in real hardship should be put at the heart of reform

The photo of two blackening bananas, a tomato, two potatoes, three apples, a loaf of bread, about 200g of pasta, two carrots, slices of cheese, two mini-malt loaves, a can of baked beans and three Frubes is one of the defining images of our times. Posted on Twitter by @RoadsideMum a she has asked to remain anonymous and goes by the pseudonym aLisaa a it has been viewed 28 million times and shared worldwide.

The stark illustration of life in poverty in the long shadow of the coronavirus pandemic sparked an online outcry that started on Tuesday and shows no sign of going away. Marcus Rashford, Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge signed a letter urging the prime minister to review the free school meals process. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said on Radio 4as Today programme on Thursday that there needed to be a afull root-and-branch reviewa. The Child Poverty Action Group, the Food Foundation and many other charities added their voices.

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Unscrupulous and aggressive, Pompeo plans to be the next Trump a but smarter
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:15:01 GMT
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The secretary of state has laid political booby traps for Biden in a diplomatic onslaught a with the aim of winning the White House

While all eyes are on Donald Trump and his Capitol Hill mob, a would-be heir and successor is running riot all by himself, storming citadels, wagging the flag and breaking china. No, itas not Donald Jr, or Ivanka, or Ted Cruz, and certainly not poor, conflicted Mike Pence.

Mike Pompeo may not strike many people as presidential material. But Trump lowered the bar. Make no mistake. Americaas snarly, bully-boy secretary of state is focusing not on Joe Bidenas inauguration this week but on how to beat him or any other Democrat in 2024.

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Oh see how the Tories now run from Donald Trump | Stewart Lee
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:00:03 GMT
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No 10 might be cutting the cord with the US president, but memories of this sycophantic liaison will stain the record book

In 2019, Jeremy Hunt, who once hid behind a tree to avoid the press on the way to a party, said politicians boycotting Donald Trumpas state visit were exhibiting avirtue signalling of the worst kinda. Was Hunt also virtue signalling last week, then, when he conceded that Trump ashames American democracya? Or have the goalposts, already too narrow for even the slender Hunt to hide behind convincingly, moved?

Trump himself once called our prime minister, Boris Turds Johnson, aBritain Trumpa, with characteristically unpunctuated precision. In the light of Trumpas inevitable immolation of American democracy, Turdsas handlers now seek to distance our prime minister from his admirer, every white supremacistas favourite reality TV host. Last week, the Times ran an article, headlined aJohnson is not Trumpas transatlantic twina, by the Spectatoras James Forsyth, whose wife, Allegra Stratton, is Downing Streetas press secretary and whose principles are above question. Once the journal of record, it seems the Times is now the journal of whatever Downing Streetas press secretary wants the record to say. And there are efforts afoot to rewrite that record.

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The government will find taking back control brings its own headaches | Anand Menon and Alan Wager
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:30:01 GMT
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From workersa rights to hormones in beef, voters expect our politicians to regulate big business just as Brussels did

aTake back controla worked wonderfully well as a campaign slogan. It infuriated Remainers while Leavers struggled to specify any European Union rule that they would change should they be able to do so. However, Dominic Cummings knew all too well it was the idea of control, rather than the question of what to do with it, that mattered most to Leave voters. The latter was a problem for later.

Later has now arrived. The UK has indeed reclaimed its sovereignty. As a result, we will now have to come to decide what kind of country we aspire to be in terms of broader regulatory terms. The available evidence suggests that the government wonat find it as easy to keep on the right side of public opinion when exercising its new-found power as it did when it demanded control.

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Iad love to ignore acovid scepticsa and their tall tales. But they make a splash and have no shame | Neil O'Brien
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:45:00 GMT
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The Tory MP on the fantasies of those in the media, and beyond, who oppose lockdown

If you had opened certain newspapers over the past year, you would have read the following. In spring, youad have been told the virus was fizzling out. You might have been treated to the views of epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta, who claimed: aThe epidemic has largely come and is on its way out in this country.a This wasnat due to the lockdown, she argued, but athe build-up of immunitya, which government advisers were apparently underestimating.

By the summer, you would have read that it was all over. In June, Toby Young, editor of the Lockdown Sceptics website predicted: aThere will be no asecond spikea a not now, and not in the autumn either. The virus has melted into thin air. Itas time to get back to normal.a Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson wrote: aThe terrible Coronabeast will be gone from these isles by September.a

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Many Ugandans are desperate for change but now it seems nothing will shift Museveni | Patience Akumu
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:30:00 GMT
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The president ashut downa the internet as he won the election. You donat stay in power for 40 years by taking risks

Days before Ugandaas presidential election a voting took place last Thursday a the incumbent, 76-year-old Yoweri Museveni, ordered that social media be switched off. People found their way around that by using virtual private networks, bouncing back online with memes mocking the idea that anyone would think it possible to bar people from being on social media in this day and age. Then, the evening before elections, the internet in Uganda was totally shut down.

The election that saw Museveni win with nearly 60% was shrouded in darkness. It is strange to move from social mediaas infinite flow of information to nothingness. Instead, just silence apart from the news the government wants you to hear. Media houses that dare not to toe the governmentas straight line risk being stopped from covering elections or even shut down.

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The same Tories who once held life sacrosanct now rush to assist the dying | Catherine Bennett
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:11 GMT
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Compassion is in short supply, but hypocrisy abounds against the hapless victims of Covid

The last time, in 2015, that the House of Commons debated the proposal that doctors be allowed to help people diagnosed as terminally ill to end their lives was one of those occasions when the place was being self-consciously at its finest. On death, at least, it could be trusted to behave, if not to reconsider.

There were courtly congratulations to the originator of the bill (Lord Falconer) and to its Commons proposer, Labouras Rob Marris, who urged compassion for dying people and relations forced to choose a if they could afford it a between travelling to Dignitas, yet more suffering and the risk of prosecution for assisting a suicide. Polls suggested that the public would, as now, overwhelmingly support such a reform.

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Ugandan opposition leader under arrest as Museveni wins sixth term
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:15:03 GMT
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President holds on to power as rival Bobi Wine claims violence and fraud mar result

Bobi Wine, the Ugandan pop star turned politician, was under house arrest on Saturday after losing the countryas presidential election. President Yoweri Museveni extended his near 35-year grip on power, winning a sixth term, after an election marred by widespread accusations of fraud and violence, as well as an internet shutdown.

aNo one is allowed in my house,a Wine said. aThe military has taken total charge. I donat know whatas going to happen to me and my wife in the next minute.a Wine called for US president-elect Joe Biden to intervene. aI want the world to know that he [Museveni] should be held accountable.a

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Mahatma Gandhi's killer venerated as Hindu nationalism resurges in India
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:00:07 GMT
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Nathuram Godse rehabilitated from traitor to patriot for many, as Gandhias vision of secular India eroded by ruling BJP

Last Sunday, in a nondescript building in the India city of Gwalior, 200 miles south of Delhi, a large crowd of men gathered. Most wore bright saffron hats and scarves, a colour evoking Hindu nationalism, and many held strands of flowers as devotional offerings.

They were there to attend the inauguration of the Godse Gyan Shala, a memorial library and aknowledge centrea dedicated to Nathuram Godse, the man who shot Mahatma Gandhi. The devotional yellow and pink flowers were laid around a black and white photograph of Godse, the centrepiece of the room.

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Two female judges shot dead in Kabul as wave of killings continues
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:01:59 GMT
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Assassination of supreme court judges follows months of increased violence in Afghanistan

Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the countryas supreme court in an early-morning ambush in Kabul on Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations continued to rattle the nation.

Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent months despite continuing peace talks between the Taliban and government, especially in Kabul, where a new trend of targeted killings of high-profile figures has sown fear in the city.

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Nasaas Space Launch System cuts short vital test
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 00:59:19 GMT
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Engines of Boeing rocket fired for only a minute, potentially delaying push to return humans to the moon by 2024

Nasaas Boeing-built deep space exploration rocket has cut short a crucial test, after briefly igniting all four engines of its core stage for the first time.

Mounted in a test facility at Nasaas Stennis space centre in Mississippi, the Space Launch Systemas (SLS) 64-metre core stage roared to life for just over a minute on Saturday, well short of the roughly four minutes engineers needed to stay on track for the rocketas first launch in November.

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Luster by Raven Leilani review a a millennial novel for the ages
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:00:03 GMT
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This acerbic debut, about a young black womanas relationship with a rich white couple, will be among the yearas best

Luster sails into 2021 on clouds of praise, vapour trails of hype streaming behind it. aThe most delicious novel Iave read,a says Candice Carty-Williams; abrutal a and brillianta opines Zadie Smith. Perhaps she would say that, being Raven Leilanias mentor and former tutor at NYU.

But sheas also right: Luster is both brutal and brilliant, and a debut thatas sure to still be topping best-of-the-year lists in 12 monthsa time. Leilanias story of Edie, a broke 23-year-old black woman who gets involved with a wealthy older white couple, cuts to the quick of the often grim realities of being young and black in the US today. But itas wincingly funny, too, Edieas dry observational narration dissecting office, racial and sexual politics a and the way all three intersect, uneasily a amid the grind of city living and online dating.

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The farmeras boy and the ship of gold: uncovering the treasures of Sutton Hoo
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:45:03 GMT
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The story of the 1939 amateur dig in Suffolk that unearthed the richest grave found in Europe is now being retold on screen

Basil Brown was a farmeras boy from Rickinghall in Suffolk who left school around the age of 13 to work on his fatheras holdings. He seemed set to spend his life working the land.

Brown, who was born in 1888, certainly succeeded in the task a though not through farming. He went on to work the land in a very different way.

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Blithe Spirit review a unhappy reimagining of Coward's classic
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:30:04 GMT
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Not even Judi Dench can save this feeble remake of the playwrightas 1941 comedy

This asinine adaptation of NoA<Downton Abbeyas Dan Stevens as author Charles Condomine, who accidentally summons the playful ghost of his late first wife after participating in an ill-advised seance. Stevens plays Condomine as a cliche of a blocked writer, emboldened by booze and misogyny, knee-deep in discarded drafts of a screenplay based on his bestselling crime novel.

Edward Hallas film attempts to send up Condomine for leeching off a female muse, which clashes somewhat with the source materialas ablithea mood. The impish Leslie Mann is well cast as his dead wife, Elvira, who provides a jolt of creative inspiration. Judi Denchas screechy caricature of psychic Madame Arcati is less winning.

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How Stephen Kingas gun essay found new life in aGomorraha
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:00:10 GMT
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The horror writer agrees to let an editor whose cousin was shot and killed by Camorra gangs print his work on gun violence

A non-fiction essay about gun violence by the American horror writer Stephen King will be produced by a tiny publishing house in Scampia, on the outskirts of Naples, known as one of the biggest drug-dealing and arms hotspots in Europe and the setting for the Italian TV drama Gomorrah.

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Welcome to nature 2.0 for a new generation of Ladybird readers
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:45:01 GMT
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Influential four seasons books are revamped to reflect changes in British wildlife

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, four slim volumes about the natural world, aimed at children, hit the bookshops. They bore the title What to Look for ina| followed by each of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The books were an instant success and inspired a whole generation of naturalists.

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Stardust review a David Bowie biopic has no sparkle
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:00:04 GMT
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This clumsy fictionalised account of Bowieas formative first US tour is as pedestrian as its subject was remarkable

The year is 1971 and David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) is about to embark on his first US tour. Except he only has a tourist visa and so heas not supposed to perform a convenient, given that the film-makers were unable to secure the rights to any of Bowieas original music.

Its omission is noticeably awkward, with Flynn doing inert versions of tracks Bowie covered, such as Jacques Brelas My Death, as a clumsy workaround. The narrative centres around a supposedly formative road trip Bowie took with his American publicist Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), suggesting that encounters with Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground helped give birth to Bowieas alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

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aIt tastes of somewhere elsea a two meal kit reviews | Jay Rayner
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:00:09 GMT
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Two excellent meal kit delivery services will help transport you elsewherea| if only for dinner

Berenjak, berenjakbazaar.com. Meal kits APS25-APS45

Pizarro, josenationwide.slerp.com. Tapas APS3.50-APS9.50; larger dishes APS18-APS37; desserts APS4-APS15

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Spicy yoghurt soup, comforting rice and dal a Gujarati vegetarian recipes to cook every day
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 12:00:04 GMT
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Family tradition is at the heart of chef Urvesh Parvaisas brilliant recipes

My mother and I started Gujarati Rasoi on a market stall in Hackney, east London, in 2005. By 2012 we had a second stall in Borough Market. When Covid-19 happened we moved online. What is constant during this is our food. The recipes have been with my family across generations and continents, and remain unchanged. They are a culinary sutra, a link to our past.

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From dolphins to rewilding: 11 environment-aware holidays for 2021
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:00:10 GMT
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From rewilding to marine conservation, these breaks for later in the year have a restorative effect on nature a and holidaymakers, too

The idea of rewilding a moving away from current forestry and agricultural techniques and allowing nature to thrive a is gaining ground.

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My difficult son is using his new baby to manipulate me | Dear Mariella
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:00:09 GMT
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The arrival of your grandson wonat sweep away old issues between you and your adult son, says Mariella Frostrup. Itas these you must face

The dilemma My son, with whom Iave had a very difficult relationship, recently had a baby. After a lovely and hopeful beginning where he seemed to be softening, heas returned to his old habits of saying and doing deeply hurtful things with every visit or text.

His son is my first grandchild and, of course, such a joy, but itas not possible to experience the happiness of the baby while receiving such abuse and hatred from him. Heas said in the past that he behaves this way because of his mental illness, which I understand to be anxiety, but I find it is a very selective illness that comes out only at me.

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Nigel Slateras recipes for good fudgy cheesecake and baked rhubarb and passion fruit
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:30:02 GMT
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Serve a classic cheesecake with rhubarb for pure delight

So entranced have I become with the black-capped, crustless Basque cheesecake I had almost forgotten the delights of the classic recipe. The sort you will find from New York to Vienna, with its thick, creamy body the colour of the inside of a ripe vacherin and a texture so thick you can stand your fork up in it. The one that smells of cold milk and vanilla pods and sticks to the roof your mouth. More crucially, I had forgotten that such overwhelming gorgeousness needs a bowl of soured cream or a lightning bolt of zesty fruit.

In summer I would send a slice of the cheesecake to the table with a pale crush of cooked gooseberries or, later, a bowl of loganberries. (Mulberries, rare as henas teeth, with their excess of tart, carmine juice, would be heavenly.) At Christmas, slices of blood orange in a pool of pomegranate juice would work, but right now in the depths of winter, rhubarb joyously fills the role. I squirt the seeds and juice of passion fruit at the stalks before I bake them. The seeds, which you can sieve out if you wish, introduce a welcome crunch.

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Fashion goes soft as Fendi turns boots into slippers
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:45:01 GMT
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Milan fashion week is virtual this year, but Fendi has a six-minute menswear showstopper focusing on lockdown comfort

The first outfit in Fendias latest luxury menswear line-up was showcased on Saturday in a music video-style film streamed from a digital-only Milan fashion week. It starred the padded olive silk inner lining of a coat a athe softest parta, said Silvia Fendi a with the smart, structured top layer removed.

aThis is therapeutic fashion,a explained Fendi, the menas and accessories creative director of the brand founded by her grandparents 96 years ago, speaking via Zoom from her Milan studio. aItas impossible to talk about fashion and not to talk about whatas happening in the world right now. It changes the clothes and it changes the way they are presented.a

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'I had no qualms': The people turning in loved ones for the Capitol attack
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:00:04 GMT
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The majority of more than 140,000 tips sent to the FBI about the attack have come from friends and family of those involved

When Alison Lopez discovered her uncleas sister had been part of the mob that breached the Capitol doors on 6 January, she immediately reported her to the FBI. aI had no second thoughts,a she said.

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We're on the verge of breakdown: a data scientist's take on Trump and Biden
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:30:09 GMT
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Peter Turchin, an entomologist-turned-historian, offers insight into the battle between elites

Peter Turchin is not the first entomologist to cross over to human behaviour: during a lecture in 1975, famed biologist E O Wilson had a pitcher of water tipped on him for extrapolating the study of ant social structures to our own.

Itas a reaction that Turchin, an expert-on-pine-beetles-turned-data-scientist and modeller, has yet to experience. But his studies at the University of Connecticut into how human societies evolve have lately gained wider currency; in particular, an analysis that interprets worsening social unrest in the 2020s as an intra-elite battle for wealth and status.

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Biden's plan to wear Ralph Lauren fits inauguration's sober, unshowy tone
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:30:01 GMT
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Fashion brand reported to be dressing the president-elect, a move that would subtly signal a distancing from the Trump era

Joe Biden is being dressed by the fashion brand Ralph Lauren for his presidential inauguration on 20 January, according to Womenas Wear Daily, in a move that has prompted a round of speculation about his meaning and motives at a time of crisis in the US.

Related: Ashley Biden on athleisure and why her father would make a fantastic president

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Trump heads for new life in Florida, marking end of an era in New York
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:00:03 GMT
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The born-and-raised New Yorker seems ready to leave the city in which he made his name a and few will mourn his departure

When Donald Trump leaves the White House on 20 January, reports indicate that he will not return to his home town of New York City but rather, reside at his Mar-a-Lago home in south Florida. Indeed, Trump formally changed his residency to the so-called Sunshine State in fall 2019.

Related: Washington and state capitols brace for violence from armed Trump supporters

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America is broken a can Biden and Harris put it back together?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:10 GMT
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The US is riven with stark inequalities, rising white supremacist terror and large numbers who believe the election was stolen. The new administration faces a truly daunting challenge

In another age, Joe Bidenas promise to heal the nation might have been regarded as the kind of blandishment expected from any new leader taking power after the divisive cut and thrust of an American election.

Related: Biden must find words for a wounded nation in inauguration like no other

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Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 03:24:32 GMT
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Implications for public record and legal proceedings after administration seized or destroyed papers, notes and other information

The public will not see Donald Trumpas White House records for years, but there is growing concern the collection will never be complete a leaving a hole in the history of one of Americaas most tumultuous presidencies.

Trump has been cavalier about the law requiring that records be preserved. He has a habit of ripping up documents before tossing them out, forcing White House workers to spend hours taping them back together.

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Hello, Mr Resident: Is Palm Beach ready for the Trumps to move in?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:00:01 GMT
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Angered by maskless soirees and flouting of local rules, some Floridians will not welcome their Mar-a-Lago neighbour


The men sported tuxedos, the women extravagant evening gowns. They crowded into Donald Trumpas Mar-a-Lago resort, unmasked and without any pretence at social distancing. After cocktails and a luxurious dinner, the partygoers danced in the new year to the live music of rapper Vanilla Ice and Beach Boy veterans.

aWe shouldnat be caged in our homes,a said Amber Gitter, a local estate agent who attended. No government should atell you that you have to stay in and canat worka.

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How Trump supporters are radicalised by the far right
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:15:02 GMT
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A move by extremists to the encrypted Telegram app from Parler makes it harder to track where the next attack could come from

Far right aplaybooksa teaching white nationalists how to recruit and radicalise Trump supporters have surfaced on the encrypted messaging app Telegram ahead of Joe Bidenas inauguration.

The documents, seen by the Observer, detail how to convert mainstream conservatives who have just joined Telegram into violent white supremacists. They were found last week by Tech Against Terrorism, an initiative launched by the UN counter terrorism executive directorate.

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aHe just cries and cries': families grapple with US deportations amid pandemic
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:00:02 GMT
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Coronavirus outbreaks have spread through US immigration detention centers, with at least 8,000 reported cases

Alvaro Hernandes saw his wife and recently born twin daughters for the last time through a video call on 5 January before he was deported from immigration detention in Kansas to Guatemala, after living in the US for 12 years.

Shortly after Hernandes and his wife brought their two newborn daughters from the hospital in June 2020, he was detained for being undocumented and handed over to immigration customs enforcement by a local sheriff after he called 911 when he was unable to get in contact with his wife for a brief period of time and wasnat aware there was a non-emergency number for the police.

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Alexei Navalny to fly into Moscow in challenge to Putin
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:32:21 GMT
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Opposition figure likely to be taken into custody when he lands following recovery from poisoning

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is expected to return to Moscow on Sunday evening nearly five months after a suspected poisoning by Russiaas FSB spy agency left him fighting for his life.

Navalnyas return is a direct challenge to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, which has sought to keep the opposition leader in exile by indirectly threatening him with prosecution and jail time if he comes back.

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'Grave military implications': Iran making uranium metal alarms Europe
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 02:43:07 GMT
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Britain, France and Germany say Tehran has ano credible civilian usea for fuel that it previously pledged not to produce

European powers have voiced deep concern over Iranas plans to produce uranium metal, warning that Tehran has ano credible civilian usea for the element.

aThe production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications,a the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement on Saturday.

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Two female judges shot dead in Kabul as wave of killings continues
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:01:59 GMT
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Assassination of supreme court judges follows months of increased violence in Afghanistan

Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the countryas supreme court in an early-morning ambush in Kabul on Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations continued to rattle the nation.

Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent months despite continuing peace talks between the Taliban and government, especially in Kabul, where a new trend of targeted killings of high-profile figures has sown fear in the city.

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Ugandan opposition leader under arrest as Museveni wins sixth term
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:15:03 GMT
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President holds on to power as rival Bobi Wine claims violence and fraud mar result

Bobi Wine, the Ugandan pop star turned politician, was under house arrest on Saturday after losing the countryas presidential election. President Yoweri Museveni extended his near 35-year grip on power, winning a sixth term, after an election marred by widespread accusations of fraud and violence, as well as an internet shutdown.

aNo one is allowed in my house,a Wine said. aThe military has taken total charge. I donat know whatas going to happen to me and my wife in the next minute.a Wine called for US president-elect Joe Biden to intervene. aI want the world to know that he [Museveni] should be held accountable.a

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Wheelchair climber hauls himself 250 metres up Hong Kong skyscraper for charity
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:50:53 GMT
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Lai Chi-wai spent 10 hours pulling himself up the tower to raise money for spinal cord patients

Lai Chi-wai has become the first in Hong Kong to climb more than 250 metres of a skyscraper while strapped into a wheelchair, as he pulled himself up for more than 10 hours on Saturday to raise money for spinal cord patients.

The 37-year-old climber, who was paralysed from the waist down in a car accident 10 years ago, could not make it to the top of the 300 metre-tall Nina Tower on the Kowloon peninsula.

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Coronavirus live: every UK adult 'to be offered first vaccine by September'; Sydney struggles to quash cluster
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:53:02 GMT
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Dominic Raab says government aiming for early autumn target for first dose rollout; New South Wales records six new cases

The Canadian government has urged Pfizer-BioNTech to get the countryas Covid-19 vaccine delivery schedule back on track as quickly as possible as cases of the virus went past the 700,000 mark this weekend, the Globe and Mail report.

Canada reached that mark less than two weeks after recording 600,000 cases of the virus on 3 January. Seven provinces recorded 6,479 cases on Saturday, pushing Canadaas national tally over 702,000.

I understand and share the concerns of Canadians regarding the temporary delivery delay of Pfizer doses. Canada's shipment of Pfizer vaccines for the week of January 18 remains largely unaffected. (1/3)

There were no tests at arrivals on Saturday morning at Heathrow Airportas Terminal 2 a though that changes on Monday as stricter measures finally come into force.

Instead, little dribbles of bleary-eyed passengers from places as far afield as Mumbai, Frankfurt and Kigali slipped quietly through the somnambulant arrivals lounge and out into the soggy grey vista of England in January.

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Phoebe Dynevor: 'Bridgerton's come at a moment when people need it'
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:00:01 GMT
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The actor on hitting her stride as the spirited star of the Regency romp. Still, she says, she canat let her grandparents see her steamiest scenesa|

It was the gift you never knew you needed, and might even have spurned if you had been offered it in advance: an eight-part Regency romance, set in a candy-coloured England where the wisteria forever blooms around the colonnades of pretty much every stately home youave ever seen on film.

But itas estimated that 63 million viewers around the world will have tuned into Bridgerton in its first four weeks on Netflix a and it is a success owing, in no little part, to the on-off love affair between a brooding duke and the pearl of the seasonas debutantes. In its on phases, this is so steamy and intimate that youad do well to have one of the seriesas many feathered fans to hand.

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Abraham Lincoln is America's better angel a Joe Biden must draw on his spirit | Ted Widmer
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:00:09 GMT
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The 16th president gave inaugural addresses at the outset and end of civil war. His successor must bind similar wounds

When the President-elect Joe Biden gives his inaugural address on Wednesday, one former president will tower above all others, and not merely because of his celebrated stovepipe hat.

Related: Biden cannot govern from the center a ending Trumpism means radical action

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Kamalaas Way review: Harris as symbol of hope a and hard politics
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:00:08 GMT
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A new biography suggests Joe Biden has picked a VP who will not shrink from tackling the toxic legacy of Trump

The president of the United States spent weeks recruiting then inciting a mob to invade Congress and prevent the certification of his opponentas victory. The intruders killed one police officer and injured more than a dozen, pummeling them with everything from flagstaffs to fire extinguishers.

Related: Abraham Lincoln is America's better angel a Joe Biden must draw on his spirit

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Biden's plan to wear Ralph Lauren fits inauguration's sober, unshowy tone
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:30:01 GMT
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Fashion brand reported to be dressing the president-elect, a move that would subtly signal a distancing from the Trump era

Joe Biden is being dressed by the fashion brand Ralph Lauren for his presidential inauguration on 20 January, according to Womenas Wear Daily, in a move that has prompted a round of speculation about his meaning and motives at a time of crisis in the US.

Related: Ashley Biden on athleisure and why her father would make a fantastic president

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We're on the verge of breakdown: a data scientist's take on Trump and Biden
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:30:09 GMT
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Peter Turchin, an entomologist-turned-historian, offers insight into the battle between elites

Peter Turchin is not the first entomologist to cross over to human behaviour: during a lecture in 1975, famed biologist E O Wilson had a pitcher of water tipped on him for extrapolating the study of ant social structures to our own.

Itas a reaction that Turchin, an expert-on-pine-beetles-turned-data-scientist and modeller, has yet to experience. But his studies at the University of Connecticut into how human societies evolve have lately gained wider currency; in particular, an analysis that interprets worsening social unrest in the 2020s as an intra-elite battle for wealth and status.

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Space oddity: song rejected by Kubrick for 2001 released after 52 years
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:15:10 GMT
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Stanley Kubrick asked a young publicist to write a track for his movie, but didnat use it. Now we can all hear it

Stanley Kubrickas enigmatic film 2001: A Space Odyssey has posed a puzzle from the first. The unsettling story of a manned space journey to Jupiter, it continues to intrigue audiences 50 years after its release.

But now, thanks to a small British record label, a alosta original song, commissioned especially for the film but never used, is winning admiration from fans for the way it catches the flavour of a cinematic one-off.

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Joe Biden cannot govern from the center a quashing Trumpism demands radical action | Robert Reich
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:00:08 GMT
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This Republican party traffics in conspiracy and thuggery a the new president must be bold on healthcare, equality and more

I keep hearing that Joe Biden will govern from the acentera. He has no choice, they say, because he will have razor-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican party has moved to the right.

Related: Abraham Lincoln is America's better angel a Joe Biden must draw on his spirit

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Unscrupulous and aggressive, Pompeo plans to be the next Trump a but smarter
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:15:01 GMT
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The secretary of state has laid political booby traps for Biden in a diplomatic onslaught a with the aim of winning the White House

While all eyes are on Donald Trump and his Capitol Hill mob, a would-be heir and successor is running riot all by himself, storming citadels, wagging the flag and breaking china. No, itas not Donald Jr, or Ivanka, or Ted Cruz, and certainly not poor, conflicted Mike Pence.

Mike Pompeo may not strike many people as presidential material. But Trump lowered the bar. Make no mistake. Americaas snarly, bully-boy secretary of state is focusing not on Joe Bidenas inauguration this week but on how to beat him or any other Democrat in 2024.

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Many Ugandans are desperate for change but now it seems nothing will shift Museveni | Patience Akumu
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:30:00 GMT
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The president ashut downa the internet as he won the election. You donat stay in power for 40 years by taking risks

Days before Ugandaas presidential election a voting took place last Thursday a the incumbent, 76-year-old Yoweri Museveni, ordered that social media be switched off. People found their way around that by using virtual private networks, bouncing back online with memes mocking the idea that anyone would think it possible to bar people from being on social media in this day and age. Then, the evening before elections, the internet in Uganda was totally shut down.

The election that saw Museveni win with nearly 60% was shrouded in darkness. It is strange to move from social mediaas infinite flow of information to nothingness. Instead, just silence apart from the news the government wants you to hear. Media houses that dare not to toe the governmentas straight line risk being stopped from covering elections or even shut down.

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Even criminals raise their prices when they form cartels | Torsten Bell
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 06:45:09 GMT
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In El Salvador, violence and murders fell after rivals agreed a non-compete deal, but extortion rates soared

Economists generally like competition. It helps consumers get a better price if sellers know they could go elsewhere. But economists arenat usually talking about armed violence or organised crime. So those of you not regularly involved with the mafia should have lots to learn from new research examining competition between El Salvadoras criminal gangs.

El Salvador is a dangerous place. The murder rate was 103 per 100,000 people in 2015, in large part due to two competing gangs: Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18. But in 2016 they agreed a non-aggression pact, ending competition for territory. As a result, murders fell by almost half. Beyond the violence, the other big cost of gangs is economic, via the extortion payments they rely on, estimated at more than $700m (APS515m) a year, or 3% of El Salvadoras GDP.

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Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers roll into conference title games
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 00:47:43 GMT
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  • Bills reach first AFC title game since 1993 season with 17-3 win
  • Aaron Rodgers passes for 296 yards in Green Bayas 32-18 triumph

Aaron Rodgers is thankful for the chance to play a conference title game at home for the first time in his career. Josh Allen is just happy to get into one wherever it happens to be.

Related: Packers' Aaron Rodgers to guest host Jeopardy! after death of Alex Trebek

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No practice, no problem: James Harden explodes for triple-double in Nets debut
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 01:45:49 GMT
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  • Harden logs 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in Nets debut
  • Kevin Durant finishes with season-high 42 points in 122-115 win

James Harden delivered 32 points and a triple-double in his Brooklyn debut, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points in his first game back with his former teammate, and the Nets showed off their potent potential in a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Related: Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving loses nearly $1m for Covid protocol violations

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Aryna Sabalenka strives to underline her potential on the big stage
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:00:11 GMT
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The most in-form player in the world bids to improve on a woeful record in grand slam events at the Australian Open

Winning grand slam tournaments was not always the sole objective of being a professional tennis player. Chris Evert, the greatest womenas clay court player of all time, once skipped the French Open for three consecutive years during her peak to play in World Team Tennis. Many frequently demurred on travelling halfway around the world to compete in Australia after a long season. Others decided, simply, that grass is for cows. From the pursuit of money to helping to build up their tours by competing hard across the whole season, tennis players had different priorities and they all acted accordingly.

Sadly for Aryna Sabalenka, tennis has moved on. On Wednesday, she defeated Veronika Kudermetova to win the WTA 500 title in Abu Dhabi, the first notable tournament of the tennis season on either tour. Sabalenka may be the least known top 10 player, but she is the most in-form tennis player in the world.

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American yacht takes flight and capsizes in Challenger Series race
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:22:48 GMT
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  • American Magicas boat Patriot capsizes in strong winds
  • Ben Ainslieas Ineos Team UK have four wins from four races

New York Yacht Clubas American Magic were denied their first points in the Challenger Series when aPatriota capsized in the second race after encountering a massive gust of wind while going into a sharp turn at Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. The series will determine who faces Team New Zealand (TNZ) in the Americaas Cup.

Related: Skipper Pip Hare on the toughest test in sailing: 'It's about coping with adversity a on your own'

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Asa Butterfield: 'Sex Education reassures people theyare not weird or alone'
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:30:02 GMT
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The actor on filming the third series of the hit Netflix comedy, being taught cinema history by Scorsese a and the perils of toilet-training his cat

Asa Butterfield, 23, was born in London and started his acting career aged seven. He landed the lead roles in Holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at 10 and Martin Scorseseas Hugo at 13. Other film credits include Journeyas End, X+Y, Greed, Son of Rambow and Miss Peregrineas Home for Peculiar Children. He stars as teenager Otis Milburn in the hit Netflix comedy Sex Education and is currently filming its third season.

How is shooting going on Sex Education?
Itas something of a miracle being back on set. When we started, it was a bit like being let out of prison. It was the first time anyone had been in a big group of people for months and we were all overexcited. Weave slipped into the rhythm of the new normal now. To work is a blessing. I wonat take it for granted again.

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Mahatma Gandhi's killer venerated as Hindu nationalism resurges in India
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:00:07 GMT
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Nathuram Godse rehabilitated from traitor to patriot for many, as Gandias vision of secular India eroded by ruling BJP

Last Sunday, in a nondescript building in the India city of Gwalior, 200 miles south of Delhi, a large crowd of men gathered. Most wore bright saffron hats and scarves, a colour evoking Hindu nationalism, and many held strands of flowers as devotional offerings.

They were there to attend the inauguration of the Godse Gyan Shala, a memorial library and aknowledge centrea dedicated to Nathuram Godse, the man who shot Mahatma Gandhi. The devotional yellow and pink flowers were laid around a black and white photograph of Godse, the centrepiece of the room.

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Half of British Jews will not display public sign of Judaism
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:15:11 GMT
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Figure is highest since 2016, but end of Corbynas Labour leadership given as reason for renewed optimism

Almost half of British Jews avoid showing visible signs of their Judaism in public, such as a Star of David or a kippah (skullcap), because of antisemitism, a new survey has found.

Among the general public, a similar proportion agreed with one or more antisemitic statements put to them, pointing to a adeeply troubling normalisation of antisemitisma, the studyas authors said. The Campaign Against Antisemitism and Kingas College London gave 12 statements that participants in the survey were asked to agree or disagree with. More than half (55%) of people did not affirm a single statement, with 45% agreeing with one or more.

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